In December I interviewed Mallika Taneja, artist, actor, writer, about her piece “Thoda Dhyaan Se” for BBC’s The Cultural Frontline.
Here’s that audio, especially relevant after the Bangalore mass molestations.
Here’s a question that sounds a lot more theoretical than it really is: When is a tree not a tree? The short answer: When it’s a coconut palm in the Indian state of Goa. In December 2015, the state government kicked the coconut palm off its master list of trees. Earlier this week, two conservation […]
Mumbai is one of only a few major conurbations in the world to boast urban flamingos. But a new bridge will cut through their habitat and most likely drive them away. For World Migratory Bird day on May 10, my web story (longer, more comprehensive reportage) appeared on the DW.de environment page. You can read […]
I did a two-way (that’s a host-interview) with Marco on The World this week, talking about the water, heat, and fire situation here in India, sharing details of my visit to Uttarakhand in late April. I also wrote an essay (text on the page is different from the audio). You can read and listen online. […]
Can a hashtag resolve decades of international rivalry? In India and Pakistan the social media campaign Profiles for Peace has at least shown that tens of thousands of thousands of people on both sides of the border are willing to put their names and faces to the declaration that they, personally, have nothing against each […]
According to the last census, India has 500,000 self-declared transgender people. And since April 2014, the Indian government has mandated that forms have a “third gender” box on forms, along with male and female. But many suspect that there are many more transgender folks living in the shadows in India. And for some, a much […]
Take a remote misty mountain range known as the sky islands. Birds that have been cut off from their fellows and doing their own thing for around five million years. A conservationist is using unusual methods to help preserve some very special birds. My story on @vvrobin & @DJEcotone’s bird beatboxing — ecology with a […]
For The Cultural Frontline, I interviewed artist Roshnee Desai who has designed a taxi upholstery fabric “Only for men” that aims to turn sexism on its head. Her views, verbatim, in the podcast from January 9. It was broadcast on the BBC’s new The Cultural Frontline podcast on January 9. You can listen to the […]
I spoke with Nikita Azad who started a small revolution on social media for DW’s WorldLink program late last week and it was in Friday’s show. The hashtag #HappyToBleed started with an open letter on an online activist forum that went viral, challenging the patriarchy that forbids women who are menstruating — a normal, universal […]
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